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family if they agree to lead the country, this as world leaders including president obama are warn ing assad not to engage in chemical warfare. turkish officials have said they believe syria has 700 missiles, some of them long range. syria has not confirmed it has chemical weapons insisting it would never use anything like that against its own people. in the latest fighting rebels are said to be battling government troops near assad's headquarters in damascus. seran is the same gas used in the 1995 terrorist attacks in the tokyo metro system. the united states has warned syria using chemical weapons would trigger greater western intervention in this civil war there. >>> also making news this evening witnesses are explaining why no one pulled a man to safety after he was thrown in front of an oncoming train in new york monday. aen is in that subway murder is now -- a suspect in that subway murder is now in custody. >> police managed to catch the suspect after reviewing surveillance video from businesses near the subway station and saw him speaking with street vendors right after that su
a couple months ago, but the idea that president obama wants to start his second term by plunging the country into a recession, a huge sell off in the stock market, and by being perceived as generally sort of willing to play chicken with the economy doesn't sound like a brilliant political move to me. jon: you think that's all talk? >> i think it's a game of chicken, i really do. i think that the republicans would probably get a lot of blame in the beginning, and that's maybe what they are thinking of and they are trying to scare the republicans, but over the long term there is just no way this administration wants to go overt fisca over the fiscal cliff. whether they are willing to turn the wheel last it's possible, but the idea that they are vying with the idea strikes me as preposterous. jon: you write that the news media is essentially biased against republicans and any conservative idea that wins here is not going to gain a lot of favor, so is it a case in which republicans are sort ever dammed if they do, and dammed if they don't? >> that's sort of been the theme of the last
country with their limbs. >> president obama just now on bloomberg tv on why he hasn't sat down with the speaker to hammer out a budget deal. >> unfortunately, the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. you know, he talks, for example, about $800 billion worth of revenues, but he says he's going to do that by lowering rates and when you look at the math, it doesn't work. >> and what do governors want with the president and house republicans at an impasse over how to avoid the fiscal cliff, a bipartisan group of governors arrives in washington for a meeting. >> our focus today was not to endorse a specific plan nor to dismiss a specific plan, but rather to point out, as gary mentioned, as governors, we think it's important that we have a seat at the table. >> flash point serious, secretary clinton in brussels where nato leaders are sending patriot anti-defense missiles to turkey and warning syria of any thought of using chemical weapons. prince william leaves the hospital after visiting kate. she remains hospitalized for severe morning sickness. good day. i'm amoun
machine and paint obama as the one who is holding the country hostage. he wants to talk about holding the middle class hostage. no, it's him holding the entire country hostage and our kids hostage to his reckless spending and cynical refusal to enter the entitlement reform game. >> i don't even want to hear more about taxes. juan, shaking your head. >> i hear you, gentlemen. you guys are wonderful. merry christmas. but sean you said hyperpartisanship, and david talks about inflexibility. you know, and i'm thinking to myself, gee, where have i seen this before? i see it on the republican side, and i think most of the american people when you look he about policy, i'm not just -- >> tell me where obama is giving in this debate at all. he said he wanted to find a middle ground. where has he reached out to republicans? can you tell me. >> sure, i'm going to do it on your terms. he's already cut more than $1 trillion in spending in this budget. >> no. >> smoke and mirrors. >> he has to deal with debt -- >> $6 trillion now obama debt. >> juan, can you concede that his -- if he said the clin
the future of the country. so he has to go. he has to go and try to hopefully convince barack obama to pay some attention to economics 101 which i don't know if he took or not and get the country on the right track. i think people hate this kind of stuff in a way. these politicians kill each other, basically rip each other's faces off the whole election season. we feel like we are on opposing teams and duke it out and then they sit and wine and dine each other. people feel a little agitated when this stuff happens. >> i'm with you. isn't there a myth that the american people want everyone to work together to solve the problems of the american people? they always say that. i don't think they do. if i get a lawyer, i want him to fight mercilessly on my behalf. when i elect a politician i want him to fight for me regardless of whether it is comfortable or not. am i right, bill? >> no, they won it on the most powerful name in news, but not in the politics hole. tell you something, this makes no sense. these guys don't like each other. this is one of the things, obama kept his word, he is comin
president obama are some of the richest states in the country. and so not only did you have him defeat romney pretty handedly in the electoral college, but people willing to sacrifice their own money to make sure that president obama, his policies made it to the white house. you know, it was the exact opposite in just the republicans. some of the red states were some of the poorest states in the country. so i think it is very interesting that when you see average american citizens who happen to be making a little bit more money willing to sacrifice for the good of the country, i think that's a good message and something to get behind and stand on. >> lz, our producers are here, can we keep them over the break? i want to be the mediator, do we have time for that? can we do that? stay on the other side of the break. i'm starting with the republican and the independent and we'll negotiate to see how we can come to some sort of an agreement. don't get mad now, don't be mad. how we can come to an agreement on the fiscal cliff. we'll be right back. music is a universal language. but when i w
nation. a look at how president obama and mitt romney fared in various parts of the country. of course the patchwork nation project breaks the u.s. into 12 types of communities. go to my trusty board here. remind you, boom towns, military, money, evangelical epicenters, mormon outposts, immigration nations, service worker centers, industrial metropolitan and tractor countries. going into the election, this is what we were telling you. mitt romney needed to do this well in the typical gop strongholds. evangelical centers, tractor country, mormon, look at this. he did out perform bush in all of these areas. all of these areas. he increased bush's margins or stayed the same in the key republican areas. and if you look at this, for president obama versus john kerry, again looking at this through '04 and the 12 lens the president did the same thing. topped him by five points in the industrial metropolis counties and increased the campus centers by a point in those counties. in fact, it was not a surprise. according to the director of the patchwork nation project he was on the show back in j
the panel touching a lot of animals and topics. -- touching a lot of topics. how can obama change anything when he always goes out of the country and on the road for political campaigns? those people will be the supporters and bring the money in and try to get the money out. the general population has a complaint and they can be heard. if they have a petition, they will be obstructed. there is someone response to go -- response of all -- res ponsible for exceed this. you have good legislation, but there is no real implementation. you can get information or any records, but what you get is a paper with no information. it is not readable. >> let me put your question to my panel. >> my question is, you can have a complaint and with a complaint data, -- data, you can analyze. >> i am hearing a couple of complaints. concern about those who have access to the president and those around him. what is the role of special interests in blocking policy initiatives because of their control or influence over the administration? do we see that there are special interests that are active in trying to prev
to the country maxing out on its borrowing limit. president obama talked to business leaders today. >> the only thing that the debt ceiling is good for as a weapon is to destroy your credit rating. >> reporter: he's worried republicans may re newsto raise the country's debt ceiling to get their way on spending cuts and risk defaulting on the country's loans. >> that is a bad strategy for america. it's a bad strategy for your businesses. and it is not a game that i will play. >> reporter: republicans are pushing back. >> he's the president, not the emperorer. >> reporter: fiscal cliff negotiations have been at a stand still since monday when republicans proposed raising revenue by closing tax loopholes, not by raising rates on the rich as the president has insisted. >> we're not insisting rates just out of spite, but rather because we need to raise a certain amount of revenue. >> we can't just keep borrowing money, raising taxes, and expecting the problem to go away. >> reporter: house members headed home for a long weekend with democrats so far unsuccessful in their efforts to force a vote on a
in this country to do what they need to do to move forward so we can move forward when we came to this country. >> other people you voted for obama? >> very quick. >> yes, i am for this. i believe the creek act will allow dreamers to make a positive contribution the economy. >> the opinions vary as minute as the different cigars they make here in jiminez tobacco. >> bring me back a cigar. >>> coming up. the most ferocious illegal immigrant activist in this country, and then are we scapegoating susan? after this. i heard you guys can ship ground for less than the ups store. that's right. i've learned the only way to get a holiday deal is to camp out. you know we've been open all night. is this a trick to get my spot? [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. save on ground shipping at fedex office. is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficient absorption in one daily dose. citracal slow release. often comes with a set of equally impressive instructions ? shouldn't something that's truly advanced, not need m
the punch bowl, what should president obama be saying to them to get them to focus on what the country needs? >> i think i might say and do a couple things. i would have two really beautiful leather bound volumes and say to them, merry christmas. these are the county by county returns from the last election bound in this beautiful leather. you might want to study these. it's not 2010 anymore so let's figure out what to do. the second thing i'd say is this is a religious season so we think of religious folks. dear lord, give me chastity, but not yet. that's how you guys are with taxes. you sent me this letter. you say $800 million in taxes from tax reform, but we'll figure it out next year. no, we need the money now. tell us what deductions you get rid of and maybe you can give me a specific proposal where you outline those cuts and then we can negotiate is and maybe we'll get this settled by christmas. >> the first point about the election returns i think is a beautiful idea and makes me want to commission that from somebody. but there is this remarkable thing that john boehner is doing, whi
ç is thinking about what right for the country. let's think about the issue of political leverage. >> oh, you and i are. >> that's right. and alex, too. >> what about me? >> and alex. >> i said you too, alex. president obama has all the leverage because he knows if it goes over the fiscal cliff, tax cuts expires and he'll never let the top 2% get that tax cut reinstated. if they do what you suggested, vote the tax cut, continue it for the 98%, then the leverage switches to them come the time of the debt limit. they might be able to make a deal where they save some of it so it doesn't go up to 39%. maybe goes up to 37.5%. maybe they do the buffett rule and only raise rates on people making $500,000. they have a little room to leverage but right now they have zero leverage, zero. >> do you agree with that? i don't know if i agree with that. it's hard once the rates go back to 39.6 or whatever they go to, to go back and say, now we to want cut taxes for the rich. what's the reason to do it? the republican party says we have to stop the government, stop paying our debts, don't pay our bills anymo
could not counter the obama narrative that he wanted to go back to the policies that got the country in trouble in the first place. this was largely due to his campaign's strategic decision to try to make the election solely a referendum on obama. as a result, there was little clear rationale for a romney presidency, other than he would not be obama. david winstin joins us, adviser to john boehner, unpaid, advised newt beginning rich. david, thanks for joining us. i was trying to read your thinking here and post election analysis. i think it's so interesting. if you get people angry about the way things are economic alley you think they'll blame the incumbent but it seems like a lot of people said, yeah, things aren't that great, especially poor working people, bush. >> governor romney thought this would be a referendum of barack obama. case closed. when you take a look at group of voters who said the economy was not so good, so you would think that would be an opportunity for governor romney, actually the president carried them by 13 ç points. 55-42. obviously, the economic argume
% of the republican party. that's it. there was always this will he ever break out 25%. at that time president obama was at 48% of the country. so our task was to go out and win the primaries to these very difficult races, very difficult. and then gather a majority of the country. his task was hold on to the votes that he had and grow it just a little bit. those are two monumentally different task. and there's a reason that no incumbent president has lost in modern history without being primaried. when you have an organization -- >> rose: jimmy cartered was primaried by ted kennedy. >> as was bush 41 by pat buchanan. when you have an organization with that much money and they of course have more money than anyone else has ever had because they did away with federal funding for the general election. and an ability to focus on one task which is to win the general election. it's formidable advantage. we had a similar advantage in 04 in president bush's campaign. it's just how it works. >> rose: when people define this election before it happened way back during the primaries as the republicans were c
as the news begins to tighten on president obama assad, the dictator of that country, as the rebels are getting closer and closer to the capital city, there's been some movement with assad's chemical weapons. syria has maybe the third biggest arsenal of chemical weapons in the world and the throat has been perhaps he would use them against his own people. the president and hillary clinton said, that's it, red line, you use chemical weapons, we'll topple you, we'll find some way to stop you and take control of the weapons. so we'll be talking. nobody knows more or cares more about this than the next door neighbor to syria, israel. we'll be talking to israel's ambassador to the united states at the top of the hour. >> all right, chris. let's end on a better note. redskins or ravens today? >> oh, redskins, easy. >> we like that. gotta love the home team. thanks, chris. >> you bet. >> catch fox news sunday at 9:00 a.m., right after our show. . >>> well, history in the commonwealth. delegate herring was unanimously elected as the new chair woman of the state democratic party. she is the
obama is deliberately pushing the country over it. ashley: all right. first look how the dollar is moving right now as we finish another week of trading. a mixed bag but the euro, pulling back against the dollar, below that 1.30 mark. we'll be right back. music is a universal language. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedheahcare, i gohelp that fit my life. information on my phone. connection to doctors o get where i'm from. and tools to estimate what my care may cost. so i never missed a beat. we're re than ,000 people looking out for so i never more than 70t. million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. can. >> at 19 minutes past the hour i'm arthel neville with your fox news minute. reuters reporting protesters broke through military barricades outside the presidential palace in cairo, egypt. late yesterday defiant president morsi calling for a dialogue but refused to bend on his controversial decree. >>> syrian rebel groups elected a unified command during a meeting. as violence conti
to keeping a country from going over that cliff. that is after guide never delivered a proposal from president obama. but house speaker john boehner says it's not a series plan. >> i was flabbergasted. i looked at him and said you can't be serious. i just never seen anything like it. >> if they are going to force higher rates on virtually all americans because they are not allowing tax rates to go up rob 2% of americans that is something we will have to face. >>> attorneys for oscar grant's family -- grant was shot and killed by police officer johannes mehserle on new years day back in 2009 in two oakland civil rights attorneys will argue before the ninth circuit court of appeals in san francisco that bart police officers should not receive legal immunity. last year a federal judge ruled to let the suit go forward but the officers appealed that ruling to the ninth circuit court. >>> this is day seven of a strike by clerical workers. contract talks between the workers and shippers at the ports of los angeles and long beach have resumed. the walk out by the clerk has dramatically slowe
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the country needs. today we heard president obama's response to the proposal that house speaker john boehner put on the table yesterday. >> the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. >> of out of balance. kind of similar to what republicans said last week when the president sent over his terms. so now what? will they sit down and talk it through? well, not according to at least one senior republican aide who told cnn today, no conversations today, no e-mails, tweets, carrier pigeons. as for boehner and obama, they actually did see each other in person at the white house holiday party last night in black tie. while other lawmakers waited in line to get the photo with the president, multiple sources from both sides of the aisle tell cnn that boehner wasn't among them. so much for holiday cheer. we have this picture. we're wait fworg the day there's a fiscal cliff. there wasn't total silence in washington today. senate majority leader harry reid spoke up. but in his case, in the form of a swipe. >> i sympathyize with john boehner. the key party has a firm grip on the republican p
negotiating. >> president obama has an unbelievable opportunity to be a transformational president, that is, to bring the country together uniquely and solve this debt problem in ways that other presidents haven't really had that opportunity, or he can dissolve into zero-sum-game politics, where he wins and other people lose. i have seen an attribute in president obama when i served with him in the state senate where he was able to rise above and transform some very controversial issues in a way that was powerful. and it's my hope that president obama rises to this opportunity, avoids this zero- sum-game splash and instead leads the nation in ways that only one person can do, that is the president of the united states. to get to yes. house republicans are not prepared to get to foolish. and it is foolish to reject president obama's own self- described architecture of $3 in spending cuts for every dollar in new revenue. we are prepared to work and call on the white house to do the same thing. >> speaker boehner, president obama, the white house projection last offer -- \[inaudible] 53% of am
immigrants who have been granted permits by the be obama administration to remain the in the united states. the deferred action program allows undocumented immigrants under 31 to avoid deportation if they arrived here before turning 16, have been in the country five straight years and are in school or have graduated from high school or a geds program or served in the military. brewer who has battled the obama administration over her state's immigration policies insists she's obeying laws. >> the state is the one that licenses the people to be able to drive on the streets. it's not the federal government. i'm not surprised i'm being sued, but that's the law and i'm going to obey my oath of office. >> it is worth noting that according to the arizona republic, the state already grants licenses to noncitizens with work permits. brewer seems to be singling out those who have received their permits through the department of homeland security's executive action. translation, jan brewer is picking a fight with president obama. michael steele, i have to go to you first on this. >> okay. sure, why n
the country burn. and i think it is seductive. but it is irresponsible. >> they are going to keep fighting. i have to leave it there. president obama says no deal on the fiscal cliff. >> how does raising tax rates on the rich help the poor. that is what i don't get. true free market capitalism helps everybody. a rising tide lifts all boats. i'm laugrry kudlow we will be right back. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. our commitment has never been stronger. >> whow does taxing the rich hep the poor rise above poverty and get a job? let's talk to larry elder. he is the author of the great book, "dear father dear son". welcome back. how does taxing successful wealthy people help the poor get out of poverty. well
're in the exit polls. to only 27% would blame obama if the country goes over the cliff. blah blah, blah. to that 64%ers who didn't believe it would have a major effect on the u.s. economy and 60% think that will be negative. who are republicans fighting for? not for a majority of americans. he's fighting for the top 2% who he says are actually small business owners. >> mmm no. >> stephanie: talk points are getting moldy. a $600 million a year hedge fund would qualify as a small business by paul ryan's misleading definition. regardless of the small business description, that still puts them in the 1% which is less than the majority of americans are compressed by the jobs. >> small compared to the planet jupiter. >> stephanie: right. all relative. [ laughter ] >> stephanie: i don't know what this means. [ ♪ "world news tonight" ♪ ] i don't know what this means chris. two fiscal conservatives booted from the panel. boehner is getting ready to -- be reasonable? >> no. it means there's disarray in the republican part
use to put down the revolt that has been raging in that country for more than a year and a half. oesident obama said the use of these weapons of mass bestruction would be totally unacceptable. well, tonight, david has new intelligence to report, and we have three stories on the breaking news in syria. we'll start with martin at the pentagon. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence so far has not detected any emgns syria is loading chemical weapons on to aircraft, but defense secretary panetta said it appears the embattled assad regime is preparing to do just that. >> there is no question that we remain very concerned, very thecerned that as the opposition advances, in particular on hemascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. ing eporter: monitoring of syrian basis like this one has picked up evidence engineers have loaded the chemicals which combine to form the deadly nerve agent sarin, into bombs that could be dropped airplanes. satellites have seen trucks moving among want bunkers where the weapons and agents are believed to be stored. u.s. officials
the country at risk for ideological gain. that's what w. and his crowd did. i want president obama to do what he's already doing, from the looks of things, get this deal done right and get it done on time. he knows fail to cut this on schedule is a risk of unclear dimension. nobody knows, i don't, how bad the whirlwinds will be if he
of thinking he is the king? >> obama overplayed his hand. he thinks somebody made him king. >> right now all eyes are on the white house. the country doesn't need a victory lap. it needs leadership. >> the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. it's not me being stubborn or patterson. it's just a matter of math. >> there have been no deals of this magnitude made in modern times in congress and forced on a reluctant president. >> the president continues to change the goal posts along this process. >> we're looking for solutions and it doesn't seem, at least from the president's proposal, that he is at all serious about finding the solutions to help our country. >> he thinks somebody's made him king. >> if the president really wants to reach an agreement, he needs to talk to the members of his own party right here in washington trying to broker an agreement, not out there firing up crowds and giving speeches. >> its time for the president and the democrats to get serious about the spending problem that our country has. >> we look forward to working with the president when he dec
bet. almost half of this country voted against president obama. the democrats have to bend it. if we have to go off of a fiscal cliff, if we let him have 100% of he once, let it rip. i make good money now. i was almost at the poverty level. i understand how hard it is down there. i pay taxes when i was above poverty level. every person in a america needs to pay some taxes, even if it is only $10. i love c-span. host: you said you would not be willing to give the president 100%. he would be willing to go off the cliff if that was the demand. how much would you be willing to bend? caller: i think we have to bend a lot because he won the election. but we are spending where we do not have money. yes, we have to bend it. i am truly a republican. i believe in our philosophy. most of the time, now 100%. i vote republican because they believe we should work for a living and not be handed out. if president obama thinks he deserves 100%, he is so wrong. he is not american. he is just not for us. it is always funny to me. i listen to you and you are great. when i listen to you, i think you the
replaced what was exceptional country with a tolerant country. it is why president obama went around the world. not because america was exceptional but wanted them to know we want to be liked and told we are not so bad. that never works. we see that now with the arabs spring. the arab nightmare. in closing i always like to say even though i don't know what i'm going to say, in closing the cool are in the driver's seat right now and we are in the passenger seat. tool like james mansfield. .. >> once every four years, this is like their romance novel. running for office is their romance novel. they are into it. their cars run for office. when you see them, they have bumper stickers. it's like they want you to know how they feel all the time. going off topic here, i was interviewed by a knoxville paper today, one of the worst interviews ever. it was awful. so the first -- she did some kind of softball question, and then she started asking isn't your book just what fox news says? and i go, can you give me specifics? [laughter] there was, like, 40 seconds of silence. [laughter] i go, no,
for president obama, and spoke at the democratic national convention. he's now officially a democrat and is widely expected to run for governor again in 2014. >>> south africa's beloved nelson mandela is getting tests in a hospital. the country's president says no cause for alarm there. he says the 94-year-old mandela is getting tests consistent with his age. the nobel laureate became his nation's first black president. >>> the fbi wants to talk to a man in custody in egypt. he's a well known islamic extremist. that's why egypt wanted him taken down. but american terrorist watchers think he might be behind the deadly attacks this year at the u.s. consulate in libya. cnn's susan candiotti has more from new york now. >> investigators have had this man on their radar for some time. and now he's being called a possible suspect in the benghazi attacks. mohamed jamaal abu ahmed was arrested by egyptian authorities a couple of weeks ago. and remains in custody while the investigation goes on. u.s. authorities believe he may have been involved in the september 11th terror hit that killed amb
in this country. we'll not let themet away with it. >> working people working for the companies that are wried about their jobs because of the tax implications of obama care. >> rick, if ty had done it elegantly and say we'll have to do a surcharge on every bill which does happen in san francisco. >> very, very different issue. every bill has a nice surcharge on it you would have had a similar back lash. why are you trying to charge me more? >> they are not paid to be eloquent. they're paid to do the work and sometimes it doesn't come across as well but they were talking about the bottom line. i thought they were witn their rights and don't you. >> they are within their rights, but is it the wise thing to do? if you are the sole owner and pren pren and shareholder, go for and talk about how 28 hours is the new 40 and as they cut the hours back so they don't expe people to incread health care costs. but if you are a ceo and other shareholders own 98 percent. >> and john, wha dbout that? they are publi corporations and not private companies that they a in charge of. is that a problem. a public
% unemployment rate, back on the map. >> and one of the highest union states in the country, did a lot to help reelect president obama, is steven correct that this actually, economically, makes sense, even if politically it seems kind of out of step? >> i go back and forth on this one. on the downside, it means slower wage growth than would have been the case. that's why businesses want this. i think steven is right. it will lead to more jobs. michigan is at a disadvantage against some of the right to work state s just south of it ad it's lost a lot of work to states like kentucky and indiana. again, it's going to weigh on wages. that's the bottom line here. >> the unions in michigan have given up quite a bit with the auto companies through the bailout period in 2009 and ford, so, you know, it's been very much a cooperative relationship between management and labor and the auto companies are neutral on this legislation. >>> you remember the breaking point. it was the unions and the pensions. at the time, it was sort of not that long ago that the unions in michigan would bend on that and they d
. continuation of the large protests that have gripped this country. >> ian, president obama actually called president morsi. what was that conversation like? what was said? >> president obama wants president morsi to open up for dialogue with opposition and to come out with some sort of agreement that both parties can move forward to. president morsi did offer to have dialogue tomorrow with opposition forces, but that the invitation was a bit vague on who he was going to invite. opposition forces say that shows that he's not sincere in the dialogue with opposition. they also say it's not something they want. they don't want to have a dialogue. they within a the declaration, the draft constitutional declaration, both of those to be scrapped and to start over. >> the protests that are happening, do these represent the majority of egypt? is there any way to gauge that? >> it's very hard to tell where egypt lies in all of this. we've seen both sides call their supporters out into the streets. we've seen large numbers presented by both sides. the brotherhood is a bit more organized. we've seen t
. each day toward the fiscal cliff is also another day closer to the country maxing out on its borrowing limits. president obama called it a dangerous lesson when he talked to business leaders today. >> the only thing that debt ceiling is good for as a weapon is to destroy your credit rating. >> reporter: he's worried republicans may refuse to raise the debt ceiling and risk defaulting on the country's loan. >> that is a bad strategy for america. it's a bad strategy for your businesses. and it is not a game that i will play. >> reporter: republicans are pushing back. >> he's the president, not the emperor. he does not have the power. >> reporter: fiscal cliff negotiations have been at a standstill since monday. not by raising rates on the rich as the president had insisted. >> we're not insisting on rates just out of spite, but rather because we need to raise a certain amount of revenue. >> we can't just keep borrowing money, raising taxes and expecting the problem to go away. >> reporter: house members headed home for a long weekend with democrats so far unsuccessful in their efforts to
, looking for a few good allies. the nation's top executive meeting with top executives across the country inside the white house. the president is is sitting down with six governors invited there to talk about president obama's plan to avoid tax hikes for millions of americans the. the governors come from states across the country, three democrats, three republicans, and among them, scott walker. this meeting is happening as the
's chief of staff said they will address the country later today and will share some important news. >>> and house speaker john boehner discussed fiscal strategies with president barack obama in a phone call. this comes as another republican is ready to break ranges. he said he could support president barack obama's demand for an increase in tax rates as part of a comprehend sufficient plan -- comprehensive plan to cut the federal deficit. some are looking for ways to save faces a they give in. >>> and maintenance costs, used by state lawmakers, at least a douse member of the legislature had repairs on those vehicles and repairs were made before lawmakers used them for their personal use. in any case the costs were thousands of dollars. >> only state in the country finally ended this program and they saw some abuse and they saw voters did not like the program and that it was a perk they could give up. >> starting this year, lawmakers are not issued any cars anymore instead they are. >> paid a moulin rate -- mileage rate for using their own vehicles. >>> now here is a look at items w
on a breakthrough. brian mooar has the latest from washington. >> president obama and house speaker john boehner were behind closed doors today trying to break the tax and spending stalemate recommended take the country over the fiscal cliff in three weeks. they want to about to the president's demand that taxes go up for the wealthy. >> will i accept a tax increase to actually solve our problems? yes. >> we have one house and that's it. this is in the democrats' hands. >> we agree on 98% of this, to me, i would just get it off the table also they don't worry about it. >> they agreed that visits are going up on the rich no matter what. >> you cannot generate enough revenue to have meaningful deficit reduction. >> republicans want a big spending cuts from programs like medicare and social security. >> we do not want to be here in another year or attend. >> on both sides of pennsylvania avenue, from main street to wall street, americans are waiting to see who will blink first. both are eager to wind down the crisis, but no one wants to walk away in defeat. , wbal-tv 11 news. >> an update on a form
election and about half the country remains elated, vindicated triumphant. they voted for president obama and are walking on cloud nine. the other half, well, not so much. they are confused, despondent, even sleepless, they wonder if the whole nation has gone quite mad and want to return it common sense not another four years on fantasy island. now, we're taught as kids to be good sportsmen, not to gloat after winning, to give the other side a high five and say good game. have we seen much of that from the winners since november 6th? nope. but no matter, being a good sport means not just being a gracious winner, it means being a good-spirited loser, even when it's hard to feel that way. half an election, the losing party must ask, what went wrong, why didn't people come out to vote. but enough self-flangelation, it's time to get up and dust ourselves off and walk to midfield, give them the high five they deserve and get to work. what is the alternative? anger? sadness? depression? that's no way to live and it's certainly no way to win an argument, let alone future election. so, what now?
. >>> president obama issues a stern warning to syria. he says if the country's president deploys them they would be held accountable. the flu has started early and the strain causing severe symptoms. cases have jumped to five southern states. prince william and his wife kate are expecting a baby. >>> we're back. hillary clinton is running for president. those are the words of "new yorker" editor david remnick this week after he attended the saban forum. he writes of a tribute video in which american and world leaders display their love for the secretary of state and leave the door open for her future plans. i'd say wide open. here it is. >> someone who knows a thing or two about political comebacks. i can tell you i don't think we've heard the last of hillary clinton. ♪ because girl you're amazing just the way you are ♪ >> i just have an instinct that the best is yet to come. >> well, it was quite a tribute. i watched it this afternoon. he goes on to say there was much chatter about what clinton would do after she steps down from the cabinet next month. get a haircut, take a few weeks sleepi
by 154 countries including the u.s. it's been ratified by 126 nations, not including the u.s. president obama, in other words, signed it a couple years ago, but it's not been ratified by the united states senate. to be clear, this treaty would not require anything from us at all. we already have disability rights. it just pushes other countries to do what we have done e. we would commit on an international level to what we already believe in here. ratifying that treaty would help us lead the rest of the world to catch up to that historic leap that we took as a country when president bush signed that legislation. with the exception of a black helicopter conspiracy theory on the right championed by failed senator rick santorum, he, who i should mention is a columnist at a birther website, that's his job now, except for his nutso theories ratifying this treaty was a political no brainer. it has bipartisan support. this has the real thing. real bipartisan support from leading democrats and leading republicans. this treaty has vocal support from veterans. so many of of them return from war w
obama, secretary clinton, be have made it absolutely clear as have other countries this is a red line and i believe president assad has received that message from several quarters. the question now is, you know, will someone else grab on to them? there's certainly risks where we are with respect to syria. i would not close the door completely to some kind of an agreement whereby president assad could move to another country and the reason i say that is, that the dangers of an imploding syria, of the complete implosion of the state, are really serious and contrary to the national security interests of the united states. it's in our security interests to be able to get a transition that is controlled and that is negotiated and that is orderly. the alternative to that is you could have 200,000, 500,000 people killed and so i do not want to lock myself into nor do i think our nation should lock ourselves into, a complete refusal to create the dynamic where we can avoid that kind of death and destruction and where we will not serve our greater national security interests. and therefore, i
number. 70% support president obama's plan to help undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children to avoid depourtation. fundamentally progressive. when you get to marriage, marijuana we're which hadding on that. 51% support legalizing, 44% oppose. the majority of the country says it's time to legalize! just say yes. in washington and colorado, that's exactly what they've done. it goes into effect in month in colorado. but today at midnight washington legalizes a small amount of marijuana for you to carry and use as you wish. it's a huge step forward. now this war on drugs has been going on forever. there have been a lot of casualties. one of them is tommy chong. they sent him to prison for nine months. there was a documentary made about it it's called "aka tommy chong." >> america's number one economy is drug abuse. >> do your own thing has been replaced in the 80s by just say no. >> the only thing that i've ever been is an ex-drug user. >> do you have any narcotics or drugs in here? >> not any more. >> even in the transports they say i'm in here beca
want our taxes to go to serve the policies of the country, education, charity, health care. i think that president obama's right about this. but i think compromise is going to be necessary to achieve some result. >> let me bring in abbe. your father is known as a moderate republican and a good dealmaker, a man who used to negotiate. what do you make of this? and what does he make of this? >> i think morale is so low right now. the country's so divided. especially for my generation. we're the ones that are going to be handed down the $60 trillion deficit. they will come to a deal. but right now, it's political theater. and it's probably going to look like the simpson-bowles. that will come full-circle again. >> here's a problem the republicans have got themselves into. is obama has been very clever here, the president. i think what he's done is skillfully said to the public, if he goes over the fiscal cliff, the republicans are prepared to make the entire middle class to pay more tax to save 2% of the wealthiest americans paying a little bit more. and that's a very bad position for t
americans that the nation is headed in the right direction. 42 percent say the country is on the right track and a majority believe is likely president obama will improve the economy. however americans are divided on what a president he has been. but 37 percent think he's been above or above average or outstanding. 36 percent say below average or four. >> the us supreme court scheduled to meet behind closed doors again today to consider reviewing the legal issues regarding same-sex marriage. that includes a challenge to california's controversial controversy old proposition 8. if the court refuses to review the prop a case same-sex marriage could be legal in california as soon as next week. the court also the case on hold for you other decision on the lot. this isn't could come today or monday -- decision san jose firefighters are investigating a three alarm fire that ripped through a restaurant around 930 last night. the pasta, door on san felipe a row. of 30's address from was all from her business at the time of the fire. it was under control within half an hour there were no injuries rep
: president obama pressed his case tuesday with ceos of some of the country's largest companies. >> and i'm here to tell you that nobody wants to get this done more than me. >> reporter: the president says he wants to raise tax rates on just about everyone in the room to balance the budget. >> we're not insisting on rates. just out of spite or out of any kind of partisan bickering. but rather, because we need to raise a certain amount of revenue. >> reporter: the president said once republicans put rate hikes on the table, the two sides could find compromise. in washington, danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. >>> president obama also told business leaders he will not play games with the fashion's debt ceiling. >>> a string of unseasonably mild days continues right now. a live look outside. and not too bad of a day. but not nearly as warm as the last few days we've seen. bob is in the first warning weather center with the updated forecast. bob? >> if you were asleep all day today, awake yesterday. and going out tonight. big change. because tempe
. it comes as president obama meets with a family who would be impacted if the country goes over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: lawmakers are getting an earful about why they need to avoid the so- called fiscal cliff. >> you gotta nail this down. uncertainty is killing us. >> reporter: top comiftds -- economists came to capitol hill thursday to talk about the impact of tax increases ask government spending cuts on the middle class. >> a couple thousand dollars means a couple months rent for this family. >> reporter: the white house has made clear, the country could go or the cliff -- over the cliff, if republicans refuse to raise taxes on the top 2% of american earners. >> for them to be burdened, unnecessarily, because democrats and republicans aren't coming together to solve this problem, gives you a sense of the costs involved in very personal terms. >> reporter: republican leaders say they will close loopholes and eliminate tax breaks to raise money but insist that bush-era tax cuts must be extended for all americans. >> reporter: the standof
born in this country. i think we keep complaining that the wealthy, on the buffett end, yeah they support obama because it helps their guilt and they could afford it. the other wealthy, the 250,000, they are stuck between a rock and a hard place. to mark's point, anyone out there who does not think that at some point we're going to come around 200,000, 150,000. stuart: hold on a second. under obama care the taxes which will pay for it go into effect on january 1st, three, four weeks from now, that will hit people who make $200,000 a year, not 250, not 350, $200,000 a year. charles: right the taxes on medical devices is a de facto tax on every single person who visits a hospital every person who hopes to be saved one day by medical science. all these taxes are out there. the ultimate point why are they so rigid on this 250? they have to go lower to ultimately fund this giant government. >> yeah, 250, 200 still sounds high to a lot of people watching this, but basically if you're earning upwards of $40,000, the burden of paying for obama-sized government will fall on you. and t
: associated press says the white house is signalling president obama is willing to let the country go over the cliff. this is a choice of the republican party if they are willing to do higher rates on the country, there is a lot to talk about, if they are not, they will push us over the cliff. tim geithner said there is no prospect in an agreement that doesn't include the tax rate going up on the top 2% of americans. he said we are not prepared to have the american economy held hostage to periodic threats. >> there you go. >> stephanie: and he pointed out, taxes were the centerpiece of the presidential campaign. he ran on a pledge to repeal these tax cuts. 60% of voters backed obama's reelection, a new poll suggests that -- >> including republicans. >> stephanie: yeah, he said republicans would take the bulk of the blame if this happens. i think we're in a strong position. >> i do too. >> stephanie: every time they talk on tv it's like lost lost lost lost you lost. this is the best thing chris, i have read thus far on this. [ ♪ patriotic music ♪ ] >> stephanie: fi
with the country's chemical weapons. president obama has threatened action if chemical weapons are used, and now we have learned that the pentagon is updating military options for the president. we'll have more on the president's red line and the military options in about ten minutes. >>> belize will have to wait a little longer to question former internet mogul john mcafee about his neighbor's murder. a judge in guatemala says mcafee can remain in the country until his immigration case is heard in court. well, that could take another month. mac afee is recovering after be a apparent collapse. he had been on the run for weeks but insists he has nothing to do with his neighbor's death. >>> charlie crist announced friday on twitter he's officially a democrat. crist spoke at the democratic national convention in september as an independent. he ran for the u.s. senate two years ago as an independent but lost to marco rubio and served as governor of florida as a republican. sum are speculating crist made this latest move in preparation for a run against incumbent florida governor rick scott in 2014. >>>
of the friends of syria meeting, a grouping of dozens of countries pledging nonmilitary support to help rebels out. and-- president obama asking congress for more than 60 billion dollars to help east coast states recover from the devastation of superstorm sandy. while lawmakers in new york and new jersey call it a good start. they add, it won't cover everything. peter doocy live with details. >> kelly, new york governor. rather new jersey governor chris christie and andrew cuomo initially asked washington for about 79 billion dollars to rebuild their states and they are now thanking the president for his 60.4 billion dollars commitment and the white house wrote a letter to congress yesterday that says these are funds necessary to finance a needed recovery effort and to help the the region prepare for future challenges, including future severe storms and coastal flooding, swells impacts associated with a changing climate. but, amid the debt debate in d.c., there are questions how easy it will be to get congress to write such a big check and speaker boehner's spokesman says we will review it and
as a country than we were in '07. >> treasury secretary tim geithner has said he will stay at his post until at least inauguration. president obama's chief of staff jack lew is often named as a potential replacement. emily shred, kron 4 news. shre schmidt >> some nice weather for this weekend and certainly nice and the union the square. for the first night of hanukkah and the lighting of the menorah. the holiday trees and clear skies with temperatures in the 50s in some locations we have mostly clear conditions but some low clouds to settle and the pure visibility is beginning to lower. the ferry building, checking in at 53 degrees. and it is getting cooler in richmond. 47, san jose, 47 and walnut creek. low 40's with the mid upper 30's. high clouds over california today. those blocked out the sun and made for some cloud conditions combined with the fog. it kept tabs in the 50s. tomorrow, looking better with temperatures in the 50s today. but this should warm up tomorrow. with rain the system up and over the state of california. it will pass right over with dry weather continuing. nice weath
laden was killed. it's five points higher than before the election. 52% of the believe the country is on the right track, and most believe president obama will improve the economy. >>> the face of politics will change today, so to speak. david axelrod is saying sayonara to his mustache. he promised to shave it if he raised more than $1 million for epilepsy research. he surpassed his goal. the facial hair will soon be no more. you're saying your dad had a beard. when he shaved, you didn't recognize him. >> he had a beard until i was 10 or 11 years old. he shaved it one day and i said, who is that? >> melissa mollet had a similar story about her dad. >> your facial hair, it's a big statement. >> okay. >> we'll see how he looks. coming up on 6:51. time to get a check of weather and traffic on the ones. >>> eun and richard, good morning to you. good morning to everybody. a little light rain first thing this morning. isn't going to add up to too much, but danella's been following slipperiness on the morning commute. be extra careful today. it's just liquid at this point in time. tempera
voice, also. thank you. see you in 15 minutes. tracy: president obama focusing on keeping the entire country from going over the fiscal cliff. one person directly asking the president for a bailout. gerri willis has the latest. gerri: she says they are owed. wayne county voted 75% for the president. listen to this. >> our people, overwhelmingly, supported the president. there ought to be a pro- flow. you exercise leadership on that. gerri: she went on to say that you go to washington and come back with the bacon. that is what you do, she says. [talking over each other] gerri: people have to watch this clip. tracy: it dumbfounded me that people in america think this way. ashley: she is basically saying they'll out the city. gerri: the city is in desperate financial trouble. worried they cannot make payroll this month. we will have the city council on the show tonight. in the back of my head, when i heard her say that, what a shocking statement this was, they already gave you a bailout. you had a bailout once. we filled out the auto companies, which is the detroit area. tracy: we voted
the economic problems of the country are. >> john sununu also suggested race was a motivating factor for colin powell to support president obama for president. is there really much of a constituency out there for that, kiki? >> i don't think there is. i think this is one of the problems that the national party is experiencing. there have been other leaders in the party who frankly promote these ignorant points of view. and engage in demeaning and frankly conversations and language that we teach our 10-year-olds that's just not polite, it not right and more importantly it's factually incorrect. they need to step back. if they need a briefing, i'm happy to bring some other democrats around the table and show governor sununu who the voters who supported the president really are and who the people in our party really are and maybe he can spread the word amongst some other leaders in his party. >> we were talking about this going into the break about the holidays coming up and a lot of people have that sort of elderly uncle or grandfather who always manages to say inappropriate things that you don'
goal is to let this country go over the fiscal cliff because he wants the economy to fail because he wants president obama to fail. john boehner, again, i think the worst speaker ever, it's a time for leadership, not for playing political games. american people have spoken. this is a time for leadership. i think if john boehner is unwilling to lead, we've got to put pressure on him to get the hell out of the way. fish or cut bait. get the hell out of the way. he has no backbone. he has no balls. he is a lousy, lousy leader. he is a looser. i think we ought to start putting the pressure on him. let's pick a fight today with john boehner. it's not picking a fight with boehner. it's just doing something to save this country. so, peter, how do people -- i call on you join me in call okay john boehner lead or get out of the way. >> peter: if you want to send him an e-mail speaker.gov/contact. you can send it to him. if you are on twitter >> bill: speaker.gov spiritists we are tweeting this as well. if you are on twitter he is tweeting @speakerboehner,
in this country. think about the number of people who believe that president obama is not a christian despite the amount of information we tell them over and over again. they still hold on to their partisan values and thoughts. that's why i don't think this will be productive. because it doesn't really matter how much facts you give people. they're going to believe what they want to believe. >> i just saw the movie "lincoln." that gave me more faith in america. >> i saw "skyfall" instead. i'm thinking everybody's a spy. >> no. i mean honestly, you do wonder how much of this is posturing. so when senator lindsey graham comes out and says i'm sure we're going off the political cliff. i'm sure the democrats have come to this political solution that they're going to let us go off the fiscal cliff, they're going to blame -- blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. i kind of don't believe that. at least i don't want to believe it. >> you just misspoke. but it was actually -- it was actually poignant. you said the political cliff instead of the fiscal cliff. i think that's actually apropo. republicans are goin
obama is rejecting a counter offer from the house republicans to get the country off the fiscal cliff. so the stalemate continues. what happens if we wake up january 2 and it's fallen off the fiscal cliff? here is jim angle. >> today's counter offer made clear the republicans want to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. which some democrats speculated might happen to their benefit. >> this is the way the white house and many democratic members and leadership believe. we will go over the cliff. tall tax rates will go up. we will then enact tax cuts for 98%. we will get congratulations from the american people. >> keeping and adding back tax cut for those above $250,000, 9 #% of income would add $37 trillion in ten years and would only save $800 billion or so from raising rates on higher incomes. democrats complain the republicans didn't pay for bush tax cut and no one on the democratic side is talking about finding the off-setting savings now to extend them. several democrats contemplated going over the cliff in recent days. perhaps in hopes of gaining leverage. >> if the republicans don
and government spending consults on the middle class. >> creating jobs -- >> reporter: president obama and house speaker john boehner spoke on the phone wednesday but publicly are holding firm on their positions. the white house has made clear the country could go over the cliff if republicans refuse to raise taxes on the top 2% of american earners. >> to do that to 98% of the american people, because of an insistence that the wealthiest americans get a tax cut would be profoundly wrong. >> reporter: republican leaders say they will close loopholes and eliminate tax breaks but bush-era tax cuts must be extended to all americans. >> reporter: the standoff and debt concerns ryan. so much so, that he is the guy if the suit dancing gangnam style with former senator alan simpson. the group the can kicks back is working to get young people involved in fixing the debt crisis. >> we are trying to connect with our generation in a different way using humor to hook them in and get them to learn about this issue and understand how it affects their lives. >> reporter: the grassroots campaign wants to sign up
and throughout the country on the impending fiscal cliff. tonight on "special report," president obama visits a middle class family in virginia to emphasize the need for extending bush era tax cuts for all but the top 2%. republicans want to focus on spending cuts. the president is resisting. we'll explore that. one of the senate top conservative is leaving. south carolina tea party favorite jim demint is resigning. he will become the head of the hair tage foundation think tank. we'll talk to him live. new worries tonight about chemical weapons in syria. u.s. officials told foxyian officials -- syrian officials have loaded it on canisters to be dropped from above. on a lighter side why simpson is dancing like this to promote fiscal reform. "special report" from washington starts at 6:00 eastern now. back to new york and my colleagues with "the five." ♪ ♪ >> andrea: welcome back to "the five." well, you are looking live at the national christmas tree lightinger? washington, d.c. any minute, the president will be lighting the 48-foot spruce, that sits on the white house. and when he does, w
the country is on the right track and majority think it's likely president obama will improve the economy. >>> time now 5:35. the national football league is willing to help the raiders build a new stadium in oakland. nfl commissioner says it's crucial the raiders improve their stadium situation and the nfl would help pay for a new one. now the team and the city have held negotiations about a new stadium but there is nothing concrete yet. commission ever cadel also said they could -- but that deal would have to be worked out between the two teams. >>> a big change may be coming to the national football league in the near future. coming up at 5:45 why some people want kickoffs to be eliminated and what they would replace it with. >>> new this morning november unemployment report was just released. it is a little better than expected. it shows the u.s. economy added 146,000 jobs. economists predicted less than 100,000. the unemployment rate fell to a four year low 7.7%. i'm keeping an eye on the futures they are holding steady showing a slightly lower opening. we'll get a better look as we
% of americans says the country is on the right track and majority believe it's likely president obama will approve the the economy. >>> the national football league says it would help the oakland raiders build a new stadium. roger goodell says it's crucial the raiders improve their stadium situation and the national football league would help pay for a new one. the raiders and city of oakland have held talks about a new stadium but there is nothing certain yet. commissioner goodell said the raiders could share the 49ers new stadium but that deal would have to be worked out between those two teams. >>> bart is trying to do something for military veterans giving them some help in getting a job. the board of directors approved a new hiring policy yesterday. it gives military veterans a 5% chance over other possible perspective workers. the veterans have to have six months of active status and honorable discharge. they also have to pass an exam. the new policy begins at the beginning of the new year. >>> stretch of highway 1 that was closed down because of the recent wet weather could be
counteroffer to president obama's initial proposal to keep the country from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. and the president just rejected the republican proposal outright. so where does that leave us right now? tax hikes, spending cuts will automatically take effect january 1st unless the two sides can reach an agreement on debt reduction before then. our chief national correspondent john king is joining us right now. seems like they're posturing big-time. but the clock is ticking. >> you had the president's plan, now a house republican plan. at least you have two pieces of paper on the table. the republicans don't budge on the president's top priority, that trophy. he wants higher tax rates on wealthy americans. the republicans try to put some pressure on the democrats by laying out $600 billion in health savings, medicare and the like, adjust that cost of living increase for social security and other federal programs. the president's proposal puts pressure on republicans on rates. the republican proposal puts pressure on the president on entitlements and that cost of living adjus
you've seen ceos from across the country sign on to that notion, with president obama, saying it's okay if we raise rates a little bit for folks who make more than $250,000 a year. the world is not going to come to an end. there are republican and conservative analysts and thought leaders like bill kristol who have said that. why the republicans in the house who really are still very entrenched with their tea party mentality have not yet understood that, and are still dug in, is really frustrating. >> the president has just said and i'm getting this reiterated to me from people who can actually hear what he's saying but saying to the leaders he's not opposed to tax reform. >> right. >> for you and the constituents that you represent, what is it for concession you're willing to bring to the table. what are you willing to give republicans the wiggle room that they need to provide something to their base to say okay we did not totally lose out on this deal? >> i'll give you an example of what we've already embraced, more than $1 trillion in spending cuts in the debt ceiling deal fro
the waiting game to see if country and the president take the economy off the fiscal cliff, president obama says he will not play the debt ceiling game again. but he is taking a few more shots in the public relations game. turning the screws on republicans, a little bit more. chief white house correspondent ed henry starts us off tonight. >> reporter: finally the blame for stalled budget talks on republicans, president ratcheted up the lesh on john boehner. >> no one wants to have this done more than me. >> reporter: telling agencies to watch for massive spending cuts from going over the fiscal cliff and warped the business exectives the economy could take another hit if the republicans decide to extend the middle class tax cut to avoid the cliff for now. then come back with more leverage. to tie it to a hike in the debt ceiling. >> we are 23409 going play that game next year. if congress in any way suggests that they are going to tie negotiations to debt ceiling votes, take us to brink of default again, i will not play that game. >> republicans held their own meeting with small business ow
active in the obama campaign, james taylor crisscrossed the country in support of the president, performing with his wife spreading the campaign message wherever and whenever he was called upon to do so. he worked for the president and progressive causes and began in 2008 when he performed in five cities in north carolina and. his efforts generated thousands of volunteers and helped win the state for the democrats for the first time since 1976. the last year has been a busy for them on the campaign trail, over 50 radio and television interviews and 40 events, from concerts' and field offices to opening the final night of the democratic national convention. just yesterday, he helped brighten up washington, d.c. by performing at the lighting of the national christmas tree. his music was with us as we celebrated the season, our family and country. i would like to welcome james taylor. [applause] >> thank you, got sick, bill -- for theu , susan, cupcakes. i got a fire when myself. mighty tasty. you know, i titled this thing today election reform because i thought i needed to have a
they feel the way they feel. on the other hand, the majority in this country has the right to rule. has the right to make decisions. obama won the election. we won seats in the house. the american people want action and it is undemocratic. it is un-american when a small minority can deny the majority from going forward. >> and senator, the fiscal situation they are dealing with in washington, it doesn't look like we have made a lot of progress. what are your thoughts on that? >> well, it shouldn't just be the speaker and the president. it should be the voice of the american people. it should be the senate and should be the house. on these issues, ed, the election mattered. and poll after poll tells us the same thing. not a lot of debate but that's what the american people want. >> that's not getting through to speaker boehner. >> and that's why the president and the democrats have to stand tall. the democrats must not snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory. we have the american people on our side. we won the election. poll after poll tells us. the american people understand president
. >> thank you, dan. >>> this morning marks 24 days before the country goes over the fiscal cliff, where everyone's taxes automatically go up. and deep spending cuts kick in. president obama is taking aim at republicans, accusing them of blocking a bill that would prevent tax rates to go up for the middle class. fiscal cliff negotiations are now in the hands of just two people. president obama and house speaker john boehner. abc's david kerley joins us live with the latest. david, we have a positive jobs report. better than expected. consumer confidence floated. >> reporter: they're using the jobs report right now, the obama administration. a little more fuel. and we are talking about two men now. it comes down to these two guys and a lot of jobs on the line. possible hiring freezes, furloughs if we go over the cliff. now, working for the cuts they will make if we do actually go over the cliff. a diner, middle-class taxpayers and the vice president, telling republicans a deal to extend tax cuts for all but the wealthy is easy. >> the president would probably have me sprint up to the hill
to focus on climate change. as the obama administration done enough of climate change? >> none of us have done enough. governors are no different than members of congress. we come from different regions of the country. my comment about climate change was more about what some of the governors are doing in the northeast and along the coast that do not necessarily half fossil fuel resources. >> we're having a little bit of a signal problem. we're going to have to fix that and come back to you in a couple of minutes. we apologize. let me go to your point about environmental issues and global warning. it was a huge issue in the campaign, something the president promised to do more in 2013 or 2014. >> we have not seen a lot of action. there are a couple of these issues on the liberal wish list that i feel like the obama administration has not quite in gauge on. whether it is gun-control or immigration reform. there are these issues that the end of lustration has not quite in gauge on. -- that the administration has not quite engaged on. >> it was likely a very strategic decision why some of the
that the president is pushing for? >> that's right and i also feel that president obama was re-elected for a reason. an most of the people in this country go along with his idea that the wealthy need to pay their fair share. i think that it would be totally irresponsible on his part and the republicans if they don't come to a decision on this before the first of the year, and get something ironed out -- >> so, richard, what do you think? should we go off the cliff? should we just see where the chips fall? >> no, i do not agree with going off the cliff. we should come to something, some type of an agreement here. but the wealthy should pay their fair share. i do believe in that. >> mayor hall, your town relies on federal funds to keep your water drinkable at the local treatment plant. so how would going off the cliff affect your city budget? >> well, you know, any time that you're dealing with funds that the tax payers money is involve in, you've got to look at the checks and balances and if they cut spending, there is a possibility that that will be cut and our resources will go down the drain lite
in question. president obama and i stood before the international community and supported israel's right to defend itself from a threat no country would tolerate. the iron dome system -- invented by israel, underwritten by america -- knocked rockets out of the sky like never before. we supported regional and international efforts to de- escalate the conflict and then seized on a diplomatic opening when it came. working closely with president obama from halfway around the world, i left the east asia summit in cambodia to fly to tel aviv, to drive to jerusalem, to meet with the prime minister and members of the inner cabinet, to go the next day to ramallah, then back to the prime minister's office, and then to cairo, and we were able to play a role in enabling the ceasefire to occur. that fragile ceasefire is holding. the skies above israel are clear. and we are beginning to see the efforts to rebuild and resume daily life. but the world knows -- and always will know -- that whenever israel is threatened, the united states will be there. now, that's a good thing, because we believe in our
voice. what's happening in washington is an outrage. we're tinkering with the country's future on both sides. cnn through interviews and stories should be grilling people. >> that's part of the news. remember on election night when president obama was reelected they told a story of his re-election. they went around the world to people reacting to it. rachel maddow went into this president obama. carl rove lost his mind. this was a smnapshot. i think he lost his mind. this is a snapshot. this is what jeff will preserve. >> america cares. people care. they care ware their country is going and the friends and neighbors and kids around them. there's lots to do here. >> the consensus is that cnn need a voice and zucker will help provide it. when we come back, the susan rice side. are the u.n. ambassador and her critics getting fair coverage? . you know how to dance... with a deadline. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle... and go. you can even take a full-size or above, andtill pay the mid-size price. this is awesome. [ male announcer ] y
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